Mark Munoz gets snubbed by Chris Leben camp - "We want Vitor Belfort or Brian Stann"Posted on July 10, 2011, 05:50 AM by Anton Gurevich
"At this point we've talked about a few people and Chris Leben's name came up, coming off a big win. That is definitely a fight Mark would be interested in. There are a lot of good fights for Mark at 185. But we would definitely be interested in Chris Leben. He's not calling him out or anything. Mark just wants to fight the next guy who will get him closer to a title shot."
Malki Kawa, Chris Leben's manager: "Let's say Vitor Belfort beats [Yoshihiro] Akiyama, that fight [with Belfort] makes sense to me. Vitor is somebody near the top of the division. He's a guy who has accomplished a little more than Mark at this point. Mark has everything to gain by beating Chris Leben or a Brian Stann at this point, but it's not necessarily the same thing in the opposite way." - MMAMania.com
Despite Malki Kawa's statement, Mark Munoz is currently on a three-fight winning streak, while Vitor Belfort is coming from defeat to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Brian Stann steps inside the Octagon against Chael Sonnen in October. Mark Munoz is definitely in the mix, and a great fight for Chris Leben to climb up the Middleweight ladder. Mark Munoz's overall record inside the Octagon is 6-2, with notable victories over Kendall Grove, Nick Catone, CB Dollaway and of course Demian Maia. Other options for Mark Munoz include Chris Weidman (6-0) and the kneebar specialist Rousimar Palhares, who fights Dan Miller at UFC 134.
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